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December 2011 - January 2012

Welcome to the December 2011/January 2012 issue of School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, inspire, and connect with faculty members, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

Environmental Excellence Conference a Huge Success

More than 200 people gathered at UMSON on Nov. 10 for the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment’s (MD H2E) fourth annual conference, “Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Measuring Success.” Keynote speaker Christina Vernon, senior director of sustainability and environmental strategy, Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic, inspired the audience with her vision for Cleveland Clinic’s future. Click here to watch the keynote address.

During the conference, the first annual Nursing Leadership in Environmental Health Award was presented to Denise Choiniere, MS ‘09, RN, sustainability manager, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Choiniere, the first full-time sustainability manager in a Maryland hospital, spearheaded a number of environmental initiatives at UMMC, including a hazardous pharmaceutical waste management program, Earth Day events, lighting conservation and upgrades, and a weekly farmers’ market. 

Karin Russ and Barbara Sattler present award to Denise Choiniere (center)

MD H2E Program Director Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN, was honored with an Environmental Health Visionary Award. Sattler is founder and director of UMSON’s Environmental Health Education Center and a professor in the Department of Family and Community Health.

Barbara Sattler receives Environmental Health Visionary Award

Chefs and Cooks Learn Benefits of Using Local, Sustainable Products

Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) teamed up with University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) to host “Chefs and Cooks Training for Health Care and Other Institutions” on Oct. 14 at the Universities at Shady Grove. Chefs and cooks from hospitals and universities in Maryland and Washington, D.C. practiced making simple, balanced, and delicious recipes while learning the health and environmental benefits of meat and poultry produced using sustainable agricultural practices. They also received hands-on experience and training using these local sustainable products while discovering cost-effective strategies for purchasing sustainable meat at their facilities. Participating facilities included Carroll Hospital Center, George Washington University Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Suburban Hospital, University of District of Columbia, and University of Maryland Medical Center. The training team was led by MD H2E’s Sustainable Foods Program Manager Louise Mitchell, PT, and Sustainable Foods Coordinator Priya Saha, BSN, RN, a master’s student at UMSON. MD H2E is an initiative of UMSON’s Environmental Health Education Center.

Office of Global Health Hosts INEP Nurses

The UMSON Office of Global Health recently welcomed five nurses—from Guyana, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia—who will be participating in the 2012 International Nurse Exchange Program (INEP). While visiting UMSON in November, the nurses attended special lectures, observed clinical practice in HIV care and support, and participated in discussion sessions with UM faculty, staff, and students. 

Visiting African nurses with Jeffrey Johnson, Dean Allan, and Marik Moen

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Natalie Criado, BA, has been hired as research project coordinator for Associate Professor Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN. Criado most recently worked as a clinical research intern at California Pacific Medical Research Institute. She holds a BA from University of Mary Washington and a post-baccalaureate certificate in biology from the College of San Mateo, UC, Berkeley.

Nancy Lerner, DNP ’10, MS ’75, BSN ’66, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an assistant professor. She comes to UMSON from Towson University Department of Nursing, where she was a visiting professor while also working at Life Care Services Home Health Agency. Lerner holds Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from UMSON.

Belta Straughn, BS, has joined the Office of Graduate Studies as a coordinator. She has more than 20 years experience working in similar positions at the University of Maryland, College Park. Straughn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland University College.

Mark Streer, BS, has been hired as a research assistant for Associate Professor Lynn Oswald, PhD, RN. His past experience includes neurophysiology, genomics, biostatics, neuroimaging, and clinical psychology. Streer was a post-baccalaureate medical research intern at the National Institute of Mental Health and a Neuroscience researcher at the College of William and Mary, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Jana Goodwin, MSN, RN, clinical instructor at the Universities at Shady Grove, gave the following presentation:

Goodwin, J. & Shumate, P. End of life: A cultural perspective. Poster presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Annual Baccalaureate Conference, November 2011. 

Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health, along with collaborators Dr. Daniel Mullins (Principal Investigator), Dr. Susan dos Reis, and Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha from UM School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Beth Barnet, from UM School of Medicine, were awarded one of the first Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grants, “Expert Stakeholder Interviews to Identify Evidence for Eliciting Patient’s Perspective in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.” The UM team, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy,  joins a prestigious group of institutes that were funded this round, including the Mayo Clinic, Oregon Health Sciences, Duke University, and the University of Chicago.  

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, gave the following presentation:

Nahm, E.S., Resnick, B., Magaziner, J., Brennan, P., Bellatoni, M., Rietschel, M., Brown, & J.; Covington, B. Web platforms to conduct theory-based randomized controlled trials for older adults. Paper presentation at the Gerontological Society of America’s 2011 Symposium, Boston, Mass., November 19, 2011.

Eun-Shim Nahm delivered the keynote address, “Future of Nursing in Korea: Education, Research, and Practice,” at a commemorative event celebrating the 140th Birthday of Margaret J. Edmunds at Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 24, 2011.

Denise Owens, MS, RN, CCRN, and Mary Pat Ulicny, MS, RN, clinical instructors at the Universities at Shady Grove, co-presented the following poster:

Owens, D. & Ulincy, M.P. Using an academic electronic health record in a medical-surgical nursing course: Bridging the gap between classroom concepts and clinical rotations. Poster presentation at the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care's Annual Magic in Teaching/Simulation Conference, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 18-19, 2011.  

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN, assistant professor, gave the following presentation:

Satyshur, R., and Resnick, B. Parenting grandparents: Pilot testing of the GP-PRAISEDD intervention to improve health. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2011. Satyshur is a Section Chair for Older Adults in the Community and an abstract and symposium paper reviewer for the GSA.

Student News

Victoria Anthony, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), was one of two students selected to speak at the annual USG Scholarship and Donor Recognition Luncheon, held Nov. 18. Her moving speech elicited a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 400 scholarship recipients, donors, and guests. Anthony, who graduates this month, was awarded a Kendall Scholarship, which paid her entire tuition. 

Victoria Anthony delivering her speech.

The Universities at Shady Grove sponsored an inter-professional poster day on Thursday, Nov. 17.  Of the 30 posters submitted for the event, 19 were from School of Nursing students. BSN students Elan Esterson and Daniel Viera won the nursing program award for their poster, “Bug Off!”

Elan Esterson and Daniel Viera with their winning poster.

Alumni News & Notes

Marla De Jong, PhD, MS ’96, RN, CCNS, was recently appointed dean of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She previously served as executive director of the TriService Nursing Research Program, Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences.

C. Florence Nwoga MS ‘08, MPH, RN, gave the following presentation:

Nwoga, C.F.; Iwu, E; Johnson, J.; Smith, B.; and Riel, R. Examining the impact of changes in practice patterns of nurses and physicians on patient experiences and outcomes in an ARV clinic at a Nigerian teaching hospital. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association’s 139th Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, D.C., 2011.

Baltimore Area Alumni Happy Hour Held in November

Baltimore area alumni gathered for a networking happy hour on November 10 at Della Rose’s Tavern in Canton Crossing.  They enjoyed connecting with fellow alumni and faculty members Conrad Gordon, MS ’02, BSN ’96, and Joan Davenport, PhD ’00.  Information will be forthcoming about the next UMSON alumni happy hour being planned for early spring 2012!

Attention Florida Alumni!

Please join Dean Janet Allan for one of two upcoming alumni events in the Sunshine State:

  • Lunch on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Port Royal Club in Naples, Fla., or
  • Brunch on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Nancy Lopez Golf Club in The Villages, Fla.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with fellow alumni and learn more about exciting developments at UMSON. The cost is $25 per person; guests are welcome. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP (online at Questions? Contact Debra Modlin at 410-706-1502 or

Save the Date! Reunion 2012 – Saturday, April 28

If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “2” or a “7,” mark your calendar for the 2012 Alumni Reunion Saturday, April 28. If you would like to volunteer as a Class Representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit:

Mark Your Calendar!

Practice Based on Evidence:  The Future of Nursing” – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 & 13, 2012. Call for Abstracts:  The planning committee is accepting abstracts related to the conference theme for both paper and poster presentations. Deadline for submission is Friday, January 6, 2012. To register or for more information, call 410-706-3767 or visit:

School of Nursing “In the News”

Subject: It's Not Easy Being Green
Source: City Paper - Dec. 7
Summary: The School of Nursing
is one of several mentoring institutions in the nonprofit Baltimore EnvironMentors Project, which is shutting down in two days.

Subject: Debate Looming, Baltimore Constituents Show Sen. Catherine Pugh Their Support for Offshore Wind Power
Source: Citybizlist Baltimore - Dec. 1
Summary: Representing the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments at a town forum, Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, health programs manager in the School of Nursing's Department of Family and Community Health, spoke about the health benefits of offshore wind energy in reducing the public health impacts of air pollution.

Subject: Cutting-Edge Technology Provides Tools to Advance Health Care
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Nov. 20
Summary: Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at the School of Nursing, and School of Nursing alumna Cmdr. Alicia Morton, DNP, RN-BC, are quoted in this story in an education supplement about technology in health care education.

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